Welcome Circles

May every parish become a refuge.

"I make this appeal to journey together towards an ever wider "we" to all men and women, for the sake of renewing the human family, building together a future of justice and peace, and ensuring that no one is left behind."

~ Pope Francis

What are Welcome Circles?

A Welcome Circle is a caring group of 5-20 people who accompany a family into housing, employment, benefits, healthcare, transportation, ESL classes and translation support, but mostly serve as friends and navigators on the journey into integration.

Our Welcome Circle Coordinators assist and accompany volunteers from parishes, faith communities, schools, neighborhood groups, or organizations who are willing to provide financial support, guidance, and community connections to help families resettle in Western Washington.

Welcome Circles help families become financially stable once here, help fundraise if needed, and they assist families for a potential two-year stay, though most stabolize in the first six months.  

Welcome circle

 The Archdiocese of Seattle is honored to be one of six agencies nationwide participating in Welcome Circles for Ukrainians, a pilot program developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) Migration & Refugee Services.  While we continue to help Ukrainians, we are expanding efforts and forming circles for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and asylum-seekers as well.  Starting this year, we will also begin including people in the refugee pipeline.


Get involved

The goal is to help every parish to be a refuge, a place where refugees can access support and accompaniment. With refugees from around the world in our neighborhoods, we are ready to help you in welcoming them.

Whether you are ready to start a Circle or want to support the effort with housing, employment, or resources, reach out to us and we will connect you.  Best of all, our staff will mentor you through the process every step of the way.

Learn the steps of becoming a certified Welcome Circle here.

Inquire about Welcome Circles

We are hosting info sessions all around the Archdiocese, online over Zoom, at pop up info tables after masses, at events, deanery meetings, schools, and regional gatherings in the north & the south.  Our Welcome Circle Coordinators are available to answer questions & to get you connected.

Every Tuesday @ 10am, join our mentorship team of Michele & John for a Welcome Circle Information Session online. 

Sign up for an Info Session here: 

Meeting Registration - Zoom

Archbishop Borys Gudziak addresses Catholics in the United States on June 7, 2022 after 100 days of war in Ukraine, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Chris Koehler - Director of Missions & Immigrant Affairs - Chris.Koehler@seattlearch.org

Amy Nash - Welcome Circle Coordinator - Amy.Nash@seattlearch.org (206) 550-1204